“We are proud of the future of New York City – we will fight together. Join us at yangfornY.com,” he added.
Yang suspended his presidential campaign last February and spent time as a CNN contributor after he left the campaign trail. By the time he finished that campaign, Yang had said he had no plans to run for mayor in New York, where he has lived for nearly 25 years.
According to city records, he joins the field of dozens of mayoral candidates. Competitors are vying to take charge of a city plagued by rising unemployment, rising poverty and hunger, and a budget crisis on the horizon could force the next mayor to make deeper cuts in public works and services.
Little known outside of technical circles before 2020, Yang won the affection of – if not always votes – of Democrats who praised his happy warrior personality in the debate and on the campaign trail. He was backed by supporters branded as “Yang Kang”, who helped raise $ 40 million during his run – including a staggering $ 16.5 million as the race warmed up in the final three months of 2019.
This story has been updated with background information.